As the majority shareholder of Bogdanka Coal Mine, Enea has worked out a plan wherein power produced by the 30 MW PV capacity it plans to build over next few years will be supplied to the mine through corporate PPAs. (Photo Credit: Enea Group)
- Enea has announced it will build solar PV facilities with a combined capacity of 30 MW in Poland
- Projects will be located in Puchaczów and Cyców municipalities on 55-hectare land
- Power generated from these facilities will be supplied to Bogdanka Coal Mine to help it reduce its energy costs
Polish energy group Enea SA will build solar farms to represent a combined capacity of around 30 MW to power a coal mine in Puchaczów and Cyców municipalities. Enea is the majority shareholder of Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka, the company that owns the mine.
Spread on 55-hectare land, all the solar installations put together will generate close to 30,000 MWh of clean energy on annual basis which will be sold under corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) to the mine to help it bring down its energy costs.
The solar projects will be built over the next few years, said Enea.
“The project to build photovoltaic farms in the immediate vicinity of Bogdanka is the proper development of mine land and energy demand while respecting the environment, using renewable technologies, said Mirosław Kowalik, president of Enea. “The designed cooperation model, cPPA, will contribute to the efficient use of assets in the Group, increase security of energy supply to the mine, bringing both parties optimal business benefits.”
A coal power dependent economy, Poland plans to triple its solar energy capacity to 1.5 GW this year according to a report by Reuters that quoted Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as announcing it on the national radio.
According to Polish renewable energy association Stowarzyszenie Energii Odawialnej (SEO), at the end of Q1/2019 Poland’s cumulative installed solar power capacity was 603 MW (see Poland Installed 131.6 MW New Solar In Q1/2019).
Among some of the large scale solar power plants announced in recent times is 600 MW proposed by Polish equity fund NeoInvestments and China Sinogy Electric Engineering company by 2021 (see 600 MW Solar Power Plant Proposed For Poland).